- any of several composite plants of the genus Chrysanthemum, as C. leucanthemum, the oxeye daisy, having white ray flowers with a yellow center.
- any cultivated variety of the plant C. morifolium, native to China, and of other species of Chrysanthemum, notable for the diversity of color and size of their autumnal flowers.
- the flower of any such plant.
Origin of chrysanthemum
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Since it was early afternoon, Rinzler gave me a crash-course in “right drinking” over a pot of Chrysanthemum tea.Meditation Teacher Lodro Rinzler Rebrands Buddhism to Deal with Drinking and Sex
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Her efforts were so successful that the newspapers referred to Twain's locks as a "chrysanthemum of white hair."America's First Modern Celebrity
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The Chrysanthemum is acknowledged to be the queen of autumn.The Mayflower, January, 1905
A chrysanthemum on a longer stalk than the others bent its petals into the light.The Choice of Life
She had said: "Chrysanthemum, when you walk it is like the hopping of a frog."The Fulfilment of a Dream of Pastor Hsi's
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Be on the lookout for black beetle on Aster and Chrysanthemum.Amateur Gardencraft
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The beauty of his soul is finer than any chrysanthemum, and it is flitting.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2
- any widely cultivated plant of the genus Chrysanthemum, esp C. morifolium of China, having brightly coloured showy flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)
- any other plant of the genus Chrysanthemum, such as oxeye daisy
C16: from Latin: marigold, from Greek khrusanthemon, from khrusos gold + anthemon flower
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Word Origin and History for chrysanthemum
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